Research Administrator, Computational Biology Department-2014045

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Job posting number: #7062674

Posted: December 10, 2019

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The Computational Biology Department is seeking a Research Administrator to help with a broad range of research grant and contract management functions. You will work alongside the Business Manager to support multiple faculty members and/or laboratories that have complex grants with varying end dates.

Your responsibilities will include:

Establish accounts in financial systems; re‐budget funds; monitor or modify awards and expenditures; complete expense and labor distribution transactions.

Implement and/or oversee effort certification process.

Approve invoices and monitor other charges (including computing).

Interpret regulations and guidelines for program funding (both university and agency) for multiple moderately complex grants; monitor grants and contracts to ensure expenses are being paid according to contracts; prepare renewals and reports for sponsoring agencies.

Provide faculty members with various options and scenarios that can be used in a proposal's planning or during the execution of the work (i.e. assessing labor allocation and distribution across multiple awards, etc); develop forecasts and budgets for faculty members and assist in proposal creation and submission, including the preparation of proposal budgets, often with multiple subcontractors.

Provide financial reporting to faculty on various research grants and for various programs and discretionary accounts on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis; conduct variance analysis; research the causes of variances between planned and actual expenses; collaborate with other areas of the university (Office of Sponsored Projects, Sponsored Projects Accounting, Procurement, etc) on a regular basis to solve complex problems related to labor allocation, accounting and related issues.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent years of education and experience;

1-3 years accounting and sponsored research experience;

Strong Excel skills.


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